Tiling shower screed

At last a cost effective way to do a shower screed in double quick time so you can get on with waterproofing and tiling without waiting days.Rapid set tiling screed

• RLA Rapid Screed is a fast setting high build modified cementitous
screed for use with RLA/Atlas waterproofing membranes and tile
• The specially selected cements and polymers contained in
RLA Rapid Screed produces a fast setting underlayment with
exceptional adhesion to most prepared flooring materials. It can
be used for internal/ external applications but not for permanent
immersion (e.g. swimming pools). It is ideal for use in shower
bases to create correct falls, also suitable for use on balconies
as long as the correct falls are adhered to and covered with a
waterproofing membrane.
• It is suitable for concrete floors and fibre cement sheets.
Sub Floor Preparation:
• Sub floor must be free of oil, grease, wax, curing compounds,
dust, old adhesive and any other contaminations, which may
inhibit bond.
• Note- Concrete floors must be dry in accordance with
A.S.3958.1.2007 and have a wood float finish
• Where temperatures less than 1O°C or greater than 35°C are
encountered, contact our technical staff for specific advice

• Will depend on thickness, as a guide please refer to below table.
Thickness Approximate coverage per 20kg bag
15mm 1-1.5m2
25mm 0.75m2
50mm 0.35m2
100mm 0.175m
200mm 0.09m2

Working time
30 minutes @ 20°C
Drying / SetTime
2 hours @ 20°c
4 hours @ 20°C for waterproofing membrane
Final Set time
8 hours @ 20° C
15 mm to maximum of 200mm

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Tile Removal and Concrete Grinding

Hi Guys


I get asked this all the time, will you remove the existing tiles??

Till now the answer has been No! and specialist concrete companies do not seem to want to do it either so charge accordingly. It can be a very time consuming job and the right gear is needed for sure and it does not come cheap unless you want your home filled with dust.

So the we at Dean Nicholl Tiling will now give you a quote on uplifting your existing tiles and grinding the floor ready to receive your new flooring since taking the plunge and purchasing the correct gear required to reduce the mess and dust.

So go ahead and give Dean at Dean Nicholl Tiling a call at 022 5336156 or over at their Website http://westernbaytiling.co.nz 

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Shower Fix- A wonder product for grout sealing

Because the biscuit of all wall tiles and some floor tiles is porous ,which can lead to water staining and adhesion problems. We recommend the grout in all wet areas be sealed with Shower Fix to minimise the opportunity of water getting in behind the tiles.

SHOWER FIX is a silocane/solvent based material that penetrates deep into the groutand porous tiles, forming a water repellent barrier.

SHOWER FIX is not a coating,coatings fail if chipped or scratched and wear due to ordinary cleaning. Coatings need tobe reapplied constantly and once damaged are next to useless.

Tests conducted with a moisture metre show that no moisture passes through areas that have been sealed. A test site in a German Laboratory that was done over 28 years ago is still repelling water to this day… SHOWER FIX works!


• Clear and colourless • Simple and fast to apply • Allows grout and tiles to breathe

• Is not a coating, does not fail due to chips or scratches • Do not have to remove tiles.

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Tiled Showers

Wow it sure has been a few weeks of looking at failing tiled showers.

The reason exactly to get a referred or reputable tiler. There are a few out there undercutting prices dramaticly at the moment so make sure you get a detailed itemised quote. Most of us are pretty much the same cost wise and being that everything is square meters there are no hidden costs.Tiled Shower

So as a guide the costs you will be looking at are

  • Floor tiling                      $65/m2
  • Wall tiling                       $75/m2
  • Waterproofing               $65/m2
  • Tile trims supply & fit  $30/length
  • Shower screeds and laying the tiled shower base can vary up to $400/m2
  • Tile and Slate underlay for over timber floors, supply and fit       $50/m2

Ok so this is what you should be seeing. If you are looking at a quote of $40/m to lay tiles I would seriously be wondering about the quality of adhesive being used or why are they so cheap. Maybe one answer is they are just not very good.

Sorry about the babble but I am seeing to much of this and the only one getting substandard work is you and guess what, they just walk away and leave you with the problem.

Back to the showers. Lets start upstairs as it will be timber floor. Make sure floor is to covered with tile underlay ( a hardies compressed cement sheet product ).  I recommend not to go the level entry style shower but use a pre-formed base like a NEWLINE. Complete bathroom must be Waterproofed by a registered applicator with a dedicated undertile waterproofing system. Good ones are

Ground floor will be similar but most likley to be a concrete screeded level entry shower base. Not the greatest but done correctly will work just fine. The secret is that the sloping base under the tiles must protrude 50-100mm out further than where the shower door will be positioned therefore no possibility of water tracking back under your bathroom floor. The other option is to fit hobs that form a step around your shower for the screen to sit on and contain the water. I still recommend to waterproof the complete room although not regulation as yet but it will be as we move toward the Australian standard.


  • 2 quotes and compare. Too good to be true is probably right
  • Reaserch your tiler
  • Ask about the products they use and if a registered waterproofing applicator
  • What style of shower you want

All the best

We Recommend Western Bay Tiling for a professional quality finish


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